Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sarah Laninna "Sallie" Oberdorf 1887 –


Sarah Laninna "Sallie" Oberdorf
daughter of John George & Christian (Aikey) Oberdorf
Born July 17 1887
Died in Union County PA
Married
William J. Shannon
son of
Born abt 1884
Died

Children:
Mahlon
Mildred
Katherine
Jane
Wanda
William


Sallie with her sister, Mary (Oberdorf) Aikey
(Mary is my great granfmother)

Mildred & Mahon Shannon



Mildred & Mahlon Shannon


Wanda Shannon



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nora G. Oberdorf 1883-

Nora G. Oberdorf
Born April 22 1883
Died
Married
Charles Noll
son of
Born
Died







Leo Noll, son of Gertrude (Oberdorf) Noll




Monday, January 28, 2013

Catherine Edna Cromley 1905-2003


Catherine Edna Cromley
(Great Aunt Kate)
daughter of Gilbert & Cora Cromley
Born July 7 1905
Died
Married Oct 25 1927
Charles Frederick Truckenmiller
Born 1904
Died 1976



Fred



Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thomas Aikey 1828-1905


Thomas Aikey
Born Dec 26 1828
Died March 3 1905
married
Elvina Catherman
daughter of
Born 1832
Died


1870 United States Federal Census about Thomas Aikey
Name: Thomas Aikey
Age in 1870: 43
Birth Year: abt 1827
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Hartley, Union, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Laurelton
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Aikey 43
Elvina Aikey 38
Foster A Aikey 18
Agnes J Aikey 16
Jacob W Aikey 14
Lewis C Aikey 12
Sarah S Aikey 10
Lidia A Aikey 8
Arabella Aikey 6
Ellen Aikey 6
Savanah Aikey 2

1880 United States Federal Census about Thomas Aikey
Name: Thomas Aikey
Age: 52
Birth Year: abt 1828
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Hartley, Union, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elvina Aikey
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Laborer
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Aikey 52
Elvina Aikey 48
Margaret Aikey 15
Susan Aikey 13
Minnie Aikey 17
Thomas Aikey 8
Emma Aikey 6
Ida E. Aikey 6
Harry Kelly 2

1900 United States Federal Census about Thomas Aikey
Name: Thomas Aikey
Age: 71
Birth Date: Dec 1828
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1900: Hartley, Union, Pennsylvania
[Union] 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elvina Aikey
Marriage Year: 1851
Years Married: 49
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Aikey 71
Elvina Aikey 67
Pearl Wolfe 11




The grim death reaper has again visited the village of Hartleton and taken there from a well known  and highly respected citizen  Mr. Thomas Aikey, who died at his home on Wednesday of last week, after a linger illness of two years.  aged 76 years 2 months, 5 days.
Deceased was born in Buffalo township Dec 26 1828. in his early days he was a music director.  at the age of twenty years he was united with the reformed church and was always a devoted and consistent member.  he also has an excellent war record.  he was mustered into the 20th PVI under Captain Mitchel, August 1 1864, and served until June 7 1865.  Mr Aikey was united in marriage to Elvina Catherman Jan 2, 1851, which union was blessed with fourteen children, four of whom proceeded him to the grave.  A wife, two sons, six daughters and two brothers and thirty one grandchildren and seven great grandchildren survive.
The funeral services were held from his late home on Saturday morning at nine o clock after which the funeral cortege moved to the church, where tender, consoling and impressive services were held  conducted by his pastor., Rev. John A. Albertson of Laurelton, assisted by Rev. S. Aurand of Millmont. The funeral was largely attended by a large circle of relatives and friends.
The pallbearers were six of his GAR comrades, who held solemn services at the cemetery,
The flora tributes were pretty, a boquet presented by the Christian Endeavor Society, adn anchor by a friend, and several tokens of rememberances of the Post GAR of Laurelton, of which he was a member.


Will

The last will and testament of Thomas Aikey of Hartley Township, Union county  Pennsylvania.  Considering the uncertainty of this moral life and being of sounce minda nd memory I so make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say

First I give to my wife Elvina all of my lot, house, and timberland for her support during her moral life and as long as she keeps my name.

 After her death then it is  to go to heirs as follows:

Lewis Calvin Aikey is to have the house and lot he now lives on.  Three wuarters of an acre more or less, during his life time.  After his death teh lot is to go to Emma and Ida and Thomas Clinton Aikey, Sarah Sabyla Foreman share is to go to her children witch she had when she lived with Abram Keister.  Minnie Minerva Aikey her share is to go to her child witch she had to William Wolfe.  The rest of the heirs will get their share personally .

I do hereby appiint my wife Elvina Aikey my sole executor of this my last will and testament.  

Witnesss present in the year 1892 February 8th
Samuel Styer  Thomas Aikey

Friday, January 25, 2013

Johann Peter Fetherolf 1698 – 1784





Johannes Peter Fetterolf 
Born 20 Mar 1698 in Wachbach, Germany 
Died before 16 Sep 1784 in Hereford Township, Berks County, PA
married in 1729 in Germany
 Anna Maria Rothermel 
daughter of John Rothermel and Sybilla Zimmerman 
(See Ships list below Peter & Anna came over with her parents)
Born on 12 Feb 1711 in Wachbach, Germany 
Died circa 1787 in Macungie Township, Northampton County, PA.

Children 

Philip Fetterolf  1729 -
Anna Maria Fetterolf  1732-
Catherine Fetterolf  1732-
 Juliana Fetterolf  1733-
Anna Barbara Fetterolf  1736-
 Eva Fetterolf  1737-
 Johannes Peter Fetterolf
Charles Fetterolf  AFT.1738.
Joseph Fetterolf was born AFT 1738.
Jacob Fetterolf   1742 -1823
Mary Magdalena Fetterolf  3 Aug 1755-


Notes:
Biographies from Historical and Biographical Annals by Morton Montgomery
The large and influential Rothermel family of Pennsylvania is descended from John Rothermel, who was born in Wachbach, a province of Holland, in 1688. In 1708, he married Sybilla Zimmerman, a sister of General Zimmerman, of his native land. In 1730, after the birth of one daughter and five sons, he set sail from Rotterdam, with his entire family, for America. John Rothermel died at sea and never saw the shores of the country for which he started. His wife and children arrived in Philadelphia Aug. 29, 1730. The daughter, Anna Maria, who had married Peter Fetherolf, in Wachbach, in 1729, settled with her husband in Macungie township, Lehigh county. The five sons, namely: Lawrence, Paul, Peter, John and Christian, all settled in Berks county

From The Fetherolf-Fetterolf Family
from Genealogical & Biographical History Of Lehigh County Pa
pages 355-158
The ship "Thistle" which arrived at Philadelphia August 20, 1730 had among its passengers Peter Fetterolf, son of John Jacob Fettrolf. He was a native of Wachbach, Germany and was born March 20, 1699. He was married to Anna Margaretha Rothermel in 1729. She was born in February 1712 and was the onl daughter in a family of six children of Johannes and Sabilla (Zimmerman) Rothermel, also natives of Wachbach, Germany. Peter Fetterolf and family and his brother-in-law Leonard Rothermel, before the organization of Berks County in 1752, had ssettled in Hereford Township. In the year 1759, Peter Fetterolf was the largest tax payer in Hereford Township. He was the tax collector for the district and collected the sum of 74 pounds 15 shillings and 6 pence; of this amount he paid 18 pounds as his share. His son, Peter Jr., in the aforesaid year, 1759, was assessed among the single men of the township.

The name Fetterolf has been corrupted into various spellings.  the ancestor in his last will and testament, plainly wrote his name Peter Federolf.  In the list of immigrants in the Pennsylvania Archives, the clerk spelled it Federolph. The tax lists have it Fetterolf.  In the old Lehigh Church records it appears as Johann Peter Fetherolf.  The descendents in Berks and high counties spell it Fetherolf; and in Northumberland County Pa descendents, as well as those in Philadelphia including Prof. Adam H. Fetterolf, PHD LLD & late distinguished president of Girad College, spell it Fetterolf.

Peter Fetterolf, the pioneer, was a farmer. He owned a large acreage of land, located on the line of Berks and Lehigh Counties, and in three townships, namely Hereford and Longswamp in Berks County and Lower Macungie in Lehigh County. The Fetterolf homestead (on which the pioneer settled, and erected the first log building, cleared the land, lived a useful, industrious, and prosperous life, reared his family and died) is situated near the village of Seiszholsville, in Hereford Township, Berks County, PA. The pioneer died August 15, 1784, in his 66th year of age. He and his wife and several children, also later descendants are buried in a private graveyard on this farm.

The Pioneer divided his large estate by a last will, which was made July 19 1784, and probated September 15th of the same year, and is recorded in the court house in Reading Pa.  It's witnesses were Hendry Bortz and Christopher Shultz, the latter a justice of the peace of that district.  It appointed as executors Paul Drosscup of Rockland Twp (who was the ancestor of the Hon. Peter S Grosscup, the distinguished jurist of Chicago) Jacob Fetterolf and Christopher Bittenbender.  The following six (6) children are mentioned in teh will: (1) Jacob (2) Philip married Christiana Richards (1749-1870) on Nov. 13 1770.  Their daughter Elizabeth married Adam Wartman: (3) John Peter; (4) Maria Magdalena married to Christopher Bittenbender; (5) Catherine married (first) John Siegfriend (second) to Abraham Zimmerman, and (6) Anna Barbara, married to Philip Hain (Hehn).  Items of the will were:
300 acres of land to his son Jacob
100 acres of land to his son in law Christopher Bittenbender, a blacksmith
300 oounds to each of the six children of his deceased son Peter
The three daughters were well provided for by the will, which distributed the vast estate equally among all his children.

The pioneer was a leader among the settlers of his section.  His wisdom in the selection of land is shown by the fact that it remained in the Bittenbender family from the year 1784 until 1908, a period of 124 years.  Valuable iron ore, in later years, was discovered and profitably mined on is long settled homestead.  "At the Bittenbender mine the ore raised from January to August 1880 was 3,892 tons.  Until the year 1880, 188,000 tons of iron ore were mined with big profit" Montgomerys History of Berks County, 1886, page 998.


----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Immigrated on the ship "The Thistle of Glasgow;" listed as Peter
Fefferol. The name of Fetterolf has been corrupted into various
spellings. In his last will and testament, Peter plainly wrote his
name as Peter Federolf. In the Pennsylvania Archives, the name is
spelled "Federolpph." In the various tax lists it's spelled
"Fetterolf. In old Lehigh church records it appears as Johann Peter
Fetherolf. The descendants in Berks and Lehigh counties tended
towards "Fetherold" whereas those in Northumberland and Philadelphia
counties used "Fetterolf."
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



From Floyd's History Of Northumberland County:


FETTEROLF.  The  Fetterolf  (Federolf, Fetherolf) family, two of 

whose representatives in Upper Mahanoy township, Northumberland county, 
are Edward and Daniel Fetterolf, brothers, is of Dutch origin, its 
founder in this country, Peter Federolf, having been a native of 
Wachbach, Holland, born in 1699. In 1729 or 1730 he married Anna Maria 
Rothermel, only daughter and eldest of the six children of Johannes and 
Sabilla (Zimmerman) Rothermel. In 1730 Peter Federolf and his wife 
accompanied his father-in-law to America, the voyage being made in the 
"Thistle," and about 1732 he and his wife and one of her brothers, 
Leornard  Rothermel, located in Hereford township Berks Co., Pa., where 
Peter Federolf acquired large acreage of what has become valuable 
farmland, upon which he passed the remainder of his life, dying there. 
His property was partly in Hereford township and partly in Longswamp 
township and he made his home near what is now Seisholtzville, near the 
line of Lehigh county.  Leonard Rothermel located in Perry township, 
Berks county, before the Revolution, and there died at an advanced age, 
leaving a large family.
Peter Federolf was a man of more than ordinary importance in his 
locality, not only because he was a large land owner, but because his 
successful management of his own affairs showed him entitled influence 
and leadership in the conduct of such matters as affected the general 
welfare. He reared a family of seven children, who became connected by 
marriage with other substantial old families in the county, and all of 
whom are mentioned in his last will and testament (on record in the 
court house at Reading, Will Book B), made July 1784, and probated Sept. 
16, 1784, showing that he died during the summer of that year.  The 
witnesses to the will were Henry Bortz and Christopher Schultz, the 
executors Paul Groscup, of Rockland township, who was the testator's 
true and trusty friend (he was the ancestor of Judge Peter Grosscup, the 
Federal jurist of Chicago), Jacob Fetherolf, the eldest son, and 
Christopher Bittenbender, blacksmith, a son-in-law.  In later years this 
Christopher Bittenbender obtained the original Federolf homestead, on 
which is located the Federolf private burial ground, where the emigrant 
ancestor, Peter, is buried, as well as Christopher Bittenbender his 
wife, and some of their children.  The will sets forth that the son 
Jacob was to have three hundred acres of land; the son-in-law, 
Christopher Bittenbender, one hundred acres of land; the six children of 
the son Peter, who predeceased his father, three hundred pounds of money 
(divided between them); that the son Philip, deceased, left one 
daughter; that the daughter Catharine was twice married, first to John 
Siegfried and after his death to Abraham Zimmerman; that the daughter 
Barbara married a Hehn (name now spelled Hain); the daughter Magdalena 
married Christopher Bittenbender, who was a blacksmith and farmer, and 
who as previously noted eventually acquired the old homestead of Peter 
Federolf, which remained in the Bittenbender name until 1908. About 1840 
a valuable find of iron ore was discovered on this property,  and some 
of the Bittenbenders became wealthy thereby, the ore mines being worked 
until the early eighties.
Jacob Fetherolf was born Feb. 16, 1762, and died April 6, 1823; he 
is buried at Wessnersville,  Berks Co., Pa. His wife Catharine, born May 
12, 1760, died Jan. 10, 1849.  (There was a Jacob Fetherolf, son of 
Peter, who died in Albany township in 1823, and whose will is on record 
in Will Book 5, page 412. He left sons John and Peter.)

The will of a Peter Fetherolf of Berks county who died in 1840 is 
also on record (Will Book 8, page 242).  He died without sons, and John 
S. Kistler and William Mosser were the executors






y Research
[List 11 A, B] Thistle of Glasgow
Captain: Colin Dunlop
From: Rotterdam, June 1730
By Way of: Dover (19 June 1730)
Arrival: Philadelphia, 29 Aug 1730
Seventy-seven Palatines, who with their families, make about two hundred and sixty persons. A study of the individuals and families on this ship, especially those from the region of Ludwigshafen a. Rhein, was made by Fritz Braun and published in Schriften zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfälzer Vol. 8 (1959) under the title, "Auswanderer aus der Umgebung von Ludwigshafen a. Rh. auf dem Schiff Thistle of Glasgow 1730." The article was later published in Ship Passenger Lists, Pennsylvania and Delaware (1641-1825), 3rd edition, edited by Carl Boyer (Newhall Calif.: the editor, 1980).

Johan Peter Fetterolf 1774-1848





Johann Peter Fetterolf
Birth: 30 JUN 1774 in Berks Co, PA 1
Death: Nov 2, 1848  PA 
Married: ABT 1795
Maria Dunkelberger
Birth: 02 SEP 1772 in Berks Co, PA
Death: 07 FEB 1853 in  PA


Burial: Salem United Church of Christ Cemetery  Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA


Anna Maria Dunkelberger was born the daughter of Clement Dunkelberger.


Children:
Elizabeth Fetterolf 1797-1874 m. Josiah Geist
Peter Ferrerolf 1806-1861 m. Sarah Reiner
George Fetterolf 1809- M. Mary P. Rebuck
Joseph Fetterolf 1813-1882
Rachel 1815-1844 M. Joseph Dunkelberger




Research Notes:


From Floyd's History Of Northumberland County - 
Johann Peter Fetherolf. ancestor of the Northumberland county branch of the family, was born June 30, 1 T 7 4 . in Hereford township. Berks county, and was one of the six children of Peter Federolf. son of the emigrant Peter Federolf. mentioned in the tetter's will. He came to this region by his marriage and here wedded Anna Maria Dunkelberger, who was born Sept. 2. 1772. They lived for some years in Cameron township, where their children were born, later settling on a large farm in Upper Mabantango township, across th line in Schuylkill county, which Mr. Fetherolf purchased from a man named Carl, who got the best of the bargain. He did not tell Fetherolf that there was a mortgage upon the property, which he (Fetherolf) was obliged to pay. so that the transaction proved an expensive one. Nevertheless, he became a most successful man. and by the time of his death had accumulated a large estate. His original tract in Upper Mahantango township is now divide into three farms, the one on which the first sel of buildings was erected, and on which Johann Peter Fetherolf, lived, being now the property of William Mattern. When he came to the Mabantango Valley the Mahantango creek was alive with fine fish, and he and his family found them an acceptable addition to the larder in those days when variety in food could not always be obtained even by the well-to-do. Johann Peter Fetherolf died Nov. 2. 1848, his wife on Feb. ;. 1S53. and they are buried at the Salem (Herb) Church, Located immediately across the Northumberland county line in Schuylkill county, where some of their children also rest. In reli- gious faith the family were all Lutherans, Johann Peter Fetherolf was a -a. Idler by trade, and he was a short-sot man physically. His ten children were: Samuel, Peter, John, Joseph, George, Joseph ('.!). Daniel, .Mrs. Josiah Geist, .Mrs. Joseph Dunkelberger and Mrs. John Zimmerman.

From Floyd's History Of Northumberland County - 
John (Johannes) Dunkelberger, known as "Little Johnny, one of the 
sons of John by his first marriage, was born in Berks county Sept. 14, 
1775. He died May 17, 1835, and was buried in the Howerter cemetery in 
Upper Mahanoy township.  He was a farmer and like his brother George 
settled in Mahantango Valley, in Mahanoy (now Lower Mahanoy) township, 
Northumberland county. He married Susanna Zimmerman, born in April, 
1785, who died Jan. 19, 1860, and their children were: Daniel (settled 
in Mahantango Valley), Catharine (Mrs. Knerr), George, John, Joseph, 
Magdaline, Susanna (married Abraham Howerter), Solomon and Elizabeth 
(Mrs. Klock), George is fully mentioned below. John, who married 
Christiana Geist, is fully mentioned elsewhere in this work. Joseph, who 
married Rachel Federolf, is also mentioned at length elsewhere. Solomon, 
born in 1821, died in 1892, at Shamokin.  He followed the tailor's 
trade. He married Elizabeth Wagner, born Feb. 17, 1823, died April 6, 
1861, and they had five children, William, Jeremiah, Edmond, Ellen and 
Franklin. John Dunkelberger, the father, died May 17, 1835, in territory 
now embraced in Lower Mahanoy township. He had a tract of twenty-four 
acres of land when he died. His will, made May 5, 1835, on record in 
Will Book III, page 200, was probated June 12 1835. It was witnessed by 
George Haas and H. F. Heintzleman, and he names "my friends" Peter 
Fetterolf and John Maurer, Sr., as executors.



Cemetery Records Salem United Church of Christ Cemetery Schuylkill County PA

Fetterolf, Anna Maria Dunkelberger  b. Sep. 2, 1772 d. Feb. 7, 1853  
Fetterolf, Johann Peter b. Jun. 30, 1774 d. Nov. 2, 1848
Fetterolf, Joseph b. May 25, 1813 d. Jul. 11, 1882  
(Son of Peter & Anna) Fetterolf, Peter b. Jan. 6, 1806 d. Mar. 16, 1861  
(daughter in law of Peter & Anna) Fetterolf, Sarah Reiner b. Feb. 26, 1805 d. Sep. 13, 1887  
(DO Peter & Sarah) Klinger, Louisiana Fetterolf b. Nov. 10, 1833 d. Feb. 27, 1920
Wolfgang Amanda Fetterolf b. Jun. 13, 1845 d. Dec. 11, 1893

Son Peter, 1806-1861, married Sarah Reiner
Their Children:

Children:
  Peter R Fetterolf (1831 - 1894)
  Louisiana Fetterolf Klinger (1833 - 1920)
  Esther Fetterolf Bolich (1835 - 1891)
  Elizabeth Fetterolf Knorr (1836 - 1913)


Joseph Fetterolf 1813-1882

Elizabeth Fetterolf 1797-1874 m. Josiah Geist


Rachel  1815-1884 Married Joseph Dunkelberger:
From Floyds

Joseph Dunkelberger, son of John, and brother of George and John, 
was born in the Lower Mahanoy Valley and died there at the age of 
eighty-four years, eleven months; he is buried at Union Church in Upper 
Mahantango Valley.  He followed farming and also did carpenter work. His 
wife was Rachel Federolf and their children were: Elias, born Sept. 24, 
1844, who died Oct. 2, 1870, in Schuylkill county, and is buried at the 
Little Mahanoy Church; Henry, who is living retired in the Mahantango 
Valley, who owned the old homestead for several years; Esther, who 
married William Kerstetter; Isaac, deceased; Lucetta, who died young; 
Mary, who married David Mowery; Joseph, deceased; Simon F,; Hannah, who 
died young; Susanna, who died young; and a son that died in infancy.

Jacob Fetterolf 1742-1823





 Birth:  May 12, 1760
Death:  Jan. 10, 1849


Jacob Fedterolf
 b: 16 FEB 1742 in Siesholtzville, Hereford Twp, Berks, PA 
Died 6 APR 1823 in PA
married
Catherine

Birth:  May 12, 1760
Death:  Jan. 10, 1849

Military Service:
Veterans Burial Card
Jacob Fetterolf
Birth Date: 16 Feb 1742
Death Date: 6 Apr 1823
Age: 81
Military Branch: Army
Veteran of Which War: Revolutionary War
Cemetery Name: New Jerusulem Cemetery
Cemetery Location: Albany Township; Berks County, Pennsylvania



Research Notes:

In Allemangel abt 1770 with 8 children
In DAR Patriotic Index, Private

He was a Revolutionary War veteran. His house was in Fetherolffsville, just across Kistler Valley Creek from the house of Philipp Jacob and C'erine Probst.

It appears that Dority Probst died around 1778-1780, perhaps in childbirth, for the marriage of Jacob to another Catherine is recorded and is noted in his will, although the
date of the wedding was not listed. His last two children were with his second wife.


From Floyd's History Of Northumberland County:

FETTEROLF.  The  Fetterolf  (Federolf, Fetherolf) family, two of 

whose representatives in Upper Mahanoy township, Northumberland county, 
are Edward and Daniel Fetterolf, brothers, is of Dutch origin, its 
founder in this country, Peter Federolf, having been a native of 
Wachbach, Holland, born in 1699. In 1729 or 1730 he married Anna Maria 
Rothermel, only daughter and eldest of the six children of Johannes and 
Sabilla (Zimmerman) Rothermel. In 1730 Peter Federolf and his wife 
accompanied his father-in-law to America, the voyage being made in the 
"Thistle," and about 1732 he and his wife and one of her brothers, 
Leornard  Rothermel, located in Hereford township Berks Co., Pa., where 
Peter Federolf acquired large acreage of what has become valuable 
farmland, upon which he passed the remainder of his life, dying there. 
His property was partly in Hereford township and partly in Longswamp 
township and he made his home near what is now Seisholtzville, near the 
line of Lehigh county.  Leonard Rothermel located in Perry township, 
Berks county, before the Revolution, and there died at an advanced age, 
leaving a large family.
Peter Federolf was a man of more than ordinary importance in his 
locality, not only because he was a large land owner, but because his 
successful management of his own affairs showed him entitled influence 
and leadership in the conduct of such matters as affected the general 
welfare. He reared a family of seven children, who became connected by 
marriage with other substantial old families in the county, and all of 
whom are mentioned in his last will and testament (on record in the 
court house at Reading, Will Book B), made July 1784, and probated Sept. 
16, 1784, showing that he died during the summer of that year.  The 
witnesses to the will were Henry Bortz and Christopher Schultz, the 
executors Paul Groscup, of Rockland township, who was the testator's 
true and trusty friend (he was the ancestor of Judge Peter Grosscup, the 
Federal jurist of Chicago), Jacob Fetherolf, the eldest son, and 
Christopher Bittenbender, blacksmith, a son-in-law.  In later years this 
Christopher Bittenbender obtained the original Federolf homestead, on 
which is located the Federolf private burial ground, where the emigrant 
ancestor, Peter, is buried, as well as Christopher Bittenbender his 
wife, and some of their children.  The will sets forth that the son 
Jacob was to have three hundred acres of land; the son-in-law, 
Christopher Bittenbender, one hundred acres of land; the six children of 
the son Peter, who predeceased his father, three hundred pounds of money 
(divided between them); that the son Philip, deceased, left one 
daughter; that the daughter Catharine was twice married, first to John 
Siegfried and after his death to Abraham Zimmerman; that the daughter 
Barbara married a Hehn (name now spelled Hain); the daughter Magdalena 
married Christopher Bittenbender, who was a blacksmith and farmer, and 
who as previously noted eventually acquired the old homestead of Peter 
Federolf, which remained in the Bittenbender name until 1908. About 1840 
a valuable find of iron ore was discovered on this property,  and some 
of the Bittenbenders became wealthy thereby, the ore mines being worked 
until the early eighties.
Jacob Fetherolf was born Feb. 16, 1762, and died April 6, 1823; he 
is buried at Wessnersville,  Berks Co., Pa. His wife Catharine, born May 
12, 1760, died Jan. 10, 1849.  (There was a Jacob Fetherolf, son of 
Peter, who died in Albany township in 1823, and whose will is on record 
in Will Book 5, page 412. He left sons John and Peter.)

The will of a Peter Fetherolf of Berks county who died in 1840 is 
also on record (Will Book 8, page 242).  He died without sons, and John 
S. Kistler and William Mosser were the executors

Franklin E. Truckenmiller 1872-1929

Franklin E. Truckenmiller
Born 1872
Died August 10 1929
Married may 26 1910
Laura Fague
Born October 1875
Died Jan 31 1965

No Children

(this flour sack is framed and hangs on my living room wall.  Gary Truckenmiller has one as well, his is from Frank directly, mine came from a local auction)

for more photos of the mill, see Valentine Truckenmiller 


Buried Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Wolf Township
Hughesville
Lycoming County, PA
(His mother and father law are found in the same cemetery)